News Briefs: BBC America Orders Another Season of Ripper Street


... BBC America has ordered a second season of Ripper Street, its period procedural set in the aftermath of Jack the Ripper's reign of ripping. Season 2 will consist of eight episodes and will debut in 2014. I've liked what I've seen of the series—which is only on Episode 2 of its first season here in the states—mostly because Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones' Bronn) is totally badass in it. [BBC America via press release]

... CBS had renewed its daytime lineup of The Price is Right, The Talk, Let's Make a Deal, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful, so if you're a working stiff like me, this changes your life zero percent. But if you're president of the Wayne Brady fan club, update your tumblr! [CBS via press release]


... Fox's The Following did something it wasn't supposed to do in its second week: It actually increased its ratings over its highly publicized debut, but just barely. Episode 2 registered a 3.3 in the adult demo as compared to the pilot's 3.2. HOWEVER. Ratings hog CBS was in repeats, which is probably a big reason people checked out the Kevin Bacon drama. Or maybe, just maybe, people actually like this shit. [TV By The Numbers]

... I know what you've been saying: "Tim, where is all the Criss Angel news?" Well here you go! The magician is getting his own TV show on Spike that will let him show off a bunch of his tricks ("illusions, Michael...") over the course of 11 hour-long episodes. I've always been impressed with Criss Angel, especially his greatest trick where he leaves his house wearing Ed Hardy shirts on purpose. [Spike TV via press release]

... Starz is developing a drama set in the world of ballet, showing off the dark side of the business that we don't normally see. As opposed to the rest of the ballet business that we're so in tune with. [Starz via press release]


... ABC orders the weirdest pilots, and I love them for it. The latest is Big Thunder, a drama based on the Disneyland and Disney World ride Big Thunder Mountain. The show will follow a nineteenth-century doctor from New York who moves west for an opportunity in a mining town run by a shady tycoon. I don't remember that being part of the ride, but then again, I will never ride that death trap again. Oh Disney, like any media project based on one of your rides will ever make a lot of money! Also ordered by ABC were Gothica, a soapy drama that brings to life classic characters from classic spooky literature like Dracula and Frankenstein; Reckless, about a man who gets embroiled in political intrigue when he tries to spring his wife from an overseas prison; and Murder in Manhattan, a dramedy about a mother-and-daughter private investigation team in New York. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has ordered a pilot for Wonderland, a sequel to the classic Alice in Wonderland. This actually sounds partially cool: It focuses on Clara, who heads into the famed Wonderland to take on the new Queen... ALICE! [EW]

... Charlize Theron's project Hatfields & McCoys has also received a pilot order from NBC. This take will be set in modern-day Pittsburgh and reignite the legendary family feud between the working-class McCoys and rich Hatfields. [THR]


... Rob Corddry (Childrens Hospital) has signed on to play the lead in the ABC comedy pilot Spy that was just announced. Corddry will play Tim (sweet name), a father who inadvertently joins the Secret Service to prove his worth to his son. Okay, I'll bite: How do you accidentally join the Secret Service? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jeff Zucker has put down his fist as the new head of CNN, and underneath it are the squashed remains of James Carville and Mary Matalin, smeared on his desk. The husband-and-wife team had been frequent contributors to the network. [Politico]

... Felicia Day will be back on Supernatural later this season after two appearances (one this season and one last season) as a geek queen who enjoys computer games and LARPing. [TV Line]

... Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor will guest-star on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in an attempt to lengthen his IMDB page. He'll play an attorney defending a hip-hop artist. [TV Guide]

... Scott Wolf (V, because that's quicker to type than Party of Five) is joining the next season of TNT's Perception. He'll play an assistant U.S. attorney and husband to Rachel Leigh Cook's Kate. [TV Guide]

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